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Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

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Martin McGartland joins the I.R.A. and feeds information to Britain's Special Branch Agent Fergus.

Director:

Kari Skogland

Writers:

Martin McGartland (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking"), Nicholas Davies (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking") | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Fergus
Jim Sturgess ... Martin
Kevin Zegers ... Sean
Natalie Press ... Lara
Rose McGowan ... Grace
Tom Collins Tom Collins ... Mickey
William Houston ... Ray
Michael McElhatton ... Robbie
Laura Hughes Laura Hughes ... Mary
Gerard Jordan ... Kieran
David Pearse ... Donovan
Joe Doyle Joe Doyle ... Quinn
Conor MacNeill ... Frankie (as Connor McNeill)
Evan Harte Evan Harte ... Little Patrick (as Evan)
Oscar Harte Oscar Harte ... Little Patrick
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Storyline

Based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life story. Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA. He works his way up the ranks as a volunteer for the IRA whilst feeding information to his British handler and saving lives in the process. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When you cross the line there's no going back.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on the Run See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£99,440 (United Kingdom), 12 April 2009, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

In the scene where he is tasked to deliver the message he gets ino his Rover SD1 car. As his handler exits the car he bangs the steering wheel centre boss in anger and the car horn is sounded. This is an error as the horn switch on this vehicle was on the end of a stalk, not the steering wheel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fergus: His name is Martin McGartland, and when I met him he was an unemployed Catholic hood selling stolen goods.
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Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Linedance
Performed by Ben Mink on Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals & David Eaman on Banjo, Vocals
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Woefully Underrated
19 June 2010 | by BunnyNCSee all my reviews

I've never written a review before and don't really feel very qualified to do so, but I felt so strongly about this film that I wanted to do more to recommend it than giving the star rating.

Jim Sturgess turns in an incredibly moving and amazing performance as Martin, the young man who gets caught up with the IRA via his friends, only to be turned by "Fergus," played by Kingsley in a very different and understated role than we're used to seeing him.

Martin is torn between the cause and his friends vs. the ever-growing violence against innocents. He becomes a father and ultimately decides to be a source for Fergus, infiltrating deep and high into the organization. We live through his angst, fright, joy, sorrow, regret, rage and pride as he evolves.

Kingsley's portrayal of Fergus -- a hard and closed-off guy who comes to uncharacteristically care deeply about Martin -- is played brilliantly, with just the right low-key nuance in manner of speaking and facial expression that allow you to see his emotional wall crumbling a bit for Martin.

But there are costs for Martin regardless which path he takes, just a grim and sad result of the fractious climate between the IRA and British soldiers/police.

The storyline, the style of filming (sorry, I'm not adept with technical terms), the wonderful development of the Martin character (and to a lesser extent, Fergus), along with the incredible performance by Sturgess (I would go so far as to say even Oscar-worthy) really make this film memorable and worth your time.


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